BORN AGAIN PHILATALIST

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Now, retired, I'm just another "Born again" collector, like many schoolboys of the 40's-50's, I had my stamp collection. British Commonwealth, sets, mint and used, from Approvals. Hormones then insisted that I sold my album to give the"Girl of my dreams" her heart's desire!!! ( Same with my Hornby 00 railway)

Born, 21 April, 1936 to Ken and 'Bobby' New, in Devonport Hospital, I returned to Saltash, Cornwall, where I lived until I was sent away to school.  Living next to a major dockyard and a major bridge across the RiverTamar, we saw and heard plenty of air-raids by Nazi Germany.

♬ School days, school days, dear old golden school days,.......
My family thought I should be well educated and at the age of ten sent me to Norwood School, where Cricket, Rugby and Boxing were an important part of the curriculum along with Latin, French, Scripture + the three 'R's

I next studied at Kelly College.  Not only was the prime emphasis on the three R's, we had Cadets, Rugby, Cricket, tennis, swimming, track & field, field hockey, (All compulsary) Rugby Fives, ( kind of handball) as Sports, with wood & metal shop, Art, Music, Phys Ed, Life Saving as electives.

 

.........LIFE IS ALWAYS AN ADVENTURE (cont.)

After taking and passing my 'O' and 'A" level exams, I joined the Sappers (Royal Engineers) and life became hectic.   I took an Electrician's course, ambush training, jungle warfare and survival.  We were due to go to Malaya but Nasser, the Egyptian President, decided to close the Suez Canal, 1956, and we were stuck in Malta.  However, after 28 days sailing around the Cape of Good Hope, we finally arrived in Singapore.
 
I was attached to a Gurkha Field Engineer Regt. at Sungei Besi, just outside Kuala Lumpur.  I did several jobs, Clerk, wireless operator, setting up power and repairs to the Regimental Goldsmith, a Leper Colony and the camp.  I was also asked to prepare and execute the Lighting plot for the Royal Command Performance of "The Gondoliers" and then was asked to join the Kuala Lumpur Little Theatre.
 
Life was not just a bed of roses.  We still had Jungle warfare training and patrols through CT (Communist Terrorists) occupied areas.  I also upgraded my Electrician's qualifications.
 
By 1957, the CT's were no longer a threat so Independance from the UK was declared, Merdeka.  Of course, there were parades and ceromonies to mark the occasion of which we were part.
 
 

LiFE IS ALWAYS AN ADVENTURE ..........

Deciding that Academic life was not for me at this time, I joined the Somerset Light Infantry and I got transferred to the Royal Engineers and trained mostly in Gillingham. Kent for Watermanship and Bridge building.  Volunteering for Active Service, I joined a Field Park Sqn. for intensive training in explosives and small arms.

LIFE IS ALWAYS UNPREDICTABLE